Eating at the Sikh temple in New Delhi is more than a gastronomic experience. In a few places the traveler can share a lunch with locals in a space intended for worship.

Sikh Temple in New Delhi

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Surely the first thing that awakens the senses of the visitor when he arrives at the Sikh temple in New Delhi is music, essential for the 24 hours of uninterrupted prayers offered by the Gurdwara Blanga Sahib temple . The large golden dome and white marble with which the buildings have been built will not be indifferent, but if an experience will amaze you above all, it is the lunch that is provided inside the visitor’s premises.

A frugal meal with locals at the Sikh temple in New Delhi

Everyone is welcome to this temple, regardless of age, religion or social status. The Sikh religion is the ninth religion with the largest number of believers in the world and its main motto is to see God in each one of us. Hence, equality is above all. Perhaps these dogmas of faith explain the hospitality with which temple personnel receive hundreds of people daily. What most attracts attention is this generosity is the offer of a humble meal to all pilgrims who, for one reason or another, have decided to approach Gurdwara Blanga Sahib.

Sikh Temple in New Delhi - Thali

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Despite the number of believers who come, everyone waits silently for the entrance to the dining room. Inside, each guest takes a seat on the white marble floor. The thali (this is how lunch is known) is made up of red lentils and some potato stew with some bread . The speed with which people eat lunch and clean the floor to continue serving is impressive.

An invitation to eat at the Sikh temple in New Delhi

If you are encouraged to share the mealtime in this unique space, you must be very clear that you must be as patient as you wait and as quickly as possible in the intake because it is not a peaceful experience, there are hundreds of people those who come daily.

Finding the central altar where the Holy Book is located and depositing alms is another must-see for the visit. The temple is accessed barefoot, covered with an orange scarf on the head that they offer you. It is already known that in these places respect for customs is part of the experience.

Sikh Temple in New Delhi - Dining Room

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Still thinking? Well, there is still another reason to make the Sikh Temple in New Delhi a mandatory stop: the pond with water to which healing properties are attributed. Although Gurdwara Blanga Sahib was conceived as a palace, in the 17th century it was converted into a temple. The legend goes back to a cholera epidemic that hit the city at that time . Apparently many patients who drank water from this pool healed. Since then it has been considered a healing place becoming a pilgrimage center for Sikhs and Hindus.